We are excited to have you volunteer with us in New York City. Locally, we are supporting schools through our You Can Read campaign. You Can Read mobilizes volunteers into schools to read with students. This campaign helps students build their reading skills and a lifelong appreciation for literacy.
You Can Read events happen regularly in New York. During these events, you’ll have the opportunity to visit an elementary school and read with students. Upon arrival the school will pair you with a student or students, depending on volunteer ratios. You’ll also be provided with books to use in reading with your student(s). Please follow the below breakdown for step by step instructions.
No previous experience is required to volunteer with You Can Read. If you have any questions or concerns, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.
What to Bring To You Can Read:
A drivers license or some form of picture identification.
A copy of this webpage for your reference (ideally bookmarked on your phone or device).
Children’s books are encouraged but not required.
Breakdown of a You Can Read Event:
Arrive at the location of the event.
Sign in at the entrance and wait in the designated waiting area.
Brief remarks will be held welcoming all participants to the program.
Volunteers will be paired accordingly with a student or students.
Once paired, introduce yourself to your student. Engage them with a question like: “My name is ____. What’s yours?”. From here, naturally continue the conversation with more questions like “How old are you”, “What grade are you in”, etc. These questions help break the ice and
encourage your student to open up.
After introductions are done, show your student what books you’ll be reading with them. This can be done by showing them the cover and saying the name of the book. Ask the student to verbally repeat the name of the book to you.
Begin reading the book with your student. It’s important that you read with your student, not to them. Do this by reading a line from the book, and then having your student repeat that same line. If your student struggles with pronunciation help them practice how to properly say the word or words.
It is important to ask questions during the reading to test your student’s comprehension of the book. Ask them questions about the characters, the setting, etc. to ensure they understand what’s going on.
Once you have finished reading a book, ask your student for their feedback on what they read. Make sure to give your student positive encouragement on their reading ability. This helps build their confidence so they can continue to read in the future.
Continue reading with your student until notified otherwise by school staff. If you run out of books, notify the teacher or staff and they can assist you.
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